New Delhi, Aug 23: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday filed an application in Delhi High Court seeking perjury proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly filing a false affidavit before the court. Following the application, Delhi High Court issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal and sought his response by December 11. The court asked Kejriwal to explain if he lied in court by claiming that he did not ask for abusive language to be used against Arun Jaitley, who has sued him for criminal defamation.
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal informed the court that he had not instructed his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use abusive words including “crook” for Arun Jaitley in court. However, Jethmalani, after quitting as Kejriwal’s lawyer, said he used the abusive words on the instructions of the Delhi Chief Minister. Following Jethmalani’s disclosure, Jaitley said Kejriwal misled the court by stating that he did not approve the derogatory language used by his former lawyer. (ALSO READ: Ram Jethmalani says he gave concession to Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley)
On May 17, Delhi High Court witnessed a fierce verbal argument between Arun Jaitley and Ram Jethmalani with the Minister taking strong objection to the word “crook” used by the lawyer during cross examination. “I intend to show that this man (Jaitley) is a crook,” Jethmalani had said. Jaitley filed a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit after Jethmalani called him a ‘crook’.
In December 2015, Arun Jaitley filed a civil defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming that they made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.